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Review: Blood Money - One Nation Under Hate
Blood Money
One Nation Under Hate

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 60:41
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 9, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
One Nation Under Hate

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

"Blood Money" sure is a popular name lately... Here we have the band name, Guillotine have the album, and Criminal Element have the song!  Weird.  Anyway, this Blood Money here is a Death/Thrash band presenting a second full-length after last year's To the Chained.  I hear more Death than Thrash on this, and it's overall a very mid-paced affair, yet quite aggressive and "in our face" in terms of beat - sometimes it feels like a machine gun is shooting at you in short bursts.  There's a bit of hardcore-ish influences that can be heard here, but it works well overall, although the vocal work kind of ruined the experience for me - the more Thrash-meet-guttural vocals are fine overall, but there's also a good dose of screaming that doesn't really fit with the music - the kind of thing that makes you wince every time you hear it.  The music conveys a dark, negative and aggressive atmosphere mostly provided by short, sharp riffs and the aggressive harsh vocals - it's not particularly heavy, but still feels like it's pinned you down and giving you a beating.  The band still managed to subtly throw in a few more melodic passages that you can easily miss if not paying attention.  Nothing particularly original, and the vocals may throw off a few people, but this is pretty decent stuff.

Track Listing:
  1. Disengage
  2. Release The Safety
  3. More Than A Part Of Me
  4. Cure
  5. Makeshift Humanity
  6. One Nation Under Hate
  7. Our Apathy
  8. Pay My Respects (Disgrace)
  9. E.F.D.
  10. Deny The Suffering
  11. The Widow
  12. Slaughtered (Pantera Cover)
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